Digital Scholarly Publishing Specialist
New York University
Senior Research Developer
Scholars are experimenting with increasingly diverse digital technologies to express their research. Publishers, in turn, are working to expand their platforms and services to support publications that integrate dynamic features such as data visualizations, multimedia, maps, and more. In this effort to keep up with the creative demands of scholars, publications may evolve in ways that present a serious challenge to preserving or even sustaining them in the long term. New York University Libraries has partnered with preservation providers and scholarly publishers to improve preservation services and provide guidance for publishers, platform developers, and authors in producing enhanced digital scholarship that can be better preserved at scale.
This project briefing will outline the Guidelines for Preserving New Forms of Scholarship, published in fall 2021, that set out suggestions for making a range of digital features and architectures more easily and reliably preservable. It will also discuss a second project, now underway, in which a team of preservation experts will embed with publishers to observe and assist in producing more preservable publications. Embedding with publishers will allow for the testing of and adding to of guidelines, which will then reflect a broad understanding of the possibilities and limits of publisher workflows, staffing, and expertise, and how they can best partner with libraries and preservation providers to ensure the longevity of their products.